Construction for the project, which will comprise 770,000 square meters, may begin as soon as 2011. Jingui Li is a major section of Taihu New City, the district that is fast becoming a new center for Wuxi.
A city of more than 4 million people in southeast China, Wuxi is known for its flourishing economy. Proposed as a model for sustainable, livable cities, Jingui Li will be primarily residential, with an emphasis on outdoor public spaces. Six distinct neighborhoods will offer living options ranging from low-rise buildings along canals to high-rise towers with park views.
As with other projects Pelli Clarke Pelli has worked on, sustainability is vital to the project. According to the statement released by the architectural firm, over 90 percent of the 27-hectare development will remain green space. Buildings will operate high-performance efficiency technology while a comprehensive storm water management system is in place to ease the project’s environmental impact. According to the statement, “City officials, including Mayor Xiaoping Mao and General Secretary of the City Government Fengfeng Wu, support the plan’s vision of cosmopolitan and diverse neighborhoods. The Mayor has also expressed his enthusiasm for the development’s sustainable attributes.”
This is the latest project in Asia for the firm. Other projects include the International Finance Centre in Hong Kong, the Beijing World Financial Center and Shanghai IFC.
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